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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Big Ambitions From China’s SmallSat Companies

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan Over the past five years, and in particular over the past two to three years, the Chinese space industry has seen a dramatic increase in private company involvement. While these companies tend to be relatively small, they are great in number, with over 60 …

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Russian Soyuz 2-1A Successfully Lofts Multiple Satellites From Vostochny Cosmodrome

The last Russian satellite launch of 2018 took place on 27 December 2018 when a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, lofting two Kanopus-V remote sensing satellites and twenty-six secondary payloads into orbit with the aid of a Fregat upper stage.

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Chinese Commercial Space: First Of 156-Satellite Hongyun Satellite Broadband Constellation Successfully Launched

A Chinese Long March 11 launch vehicle successfully placed the Hongyan-1 satellite into orbit on 21 December 2018, making the first satellite launch of a planned 156-satellite communications constellation in low-Earth orbit (LEO), according to Andrew Jones at GBTimes.

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Christina Giannopapa, Head of Political Affairs Office At The European Space Agency

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Political Affairs Office plays an integral and varied role in the organisation. Torsten Kriening was lucky enough to spend some time with Christina Giannopapa, Head of Political Affairs Office, Office Strategy Department, Director General’s Services, ESA, to find out more about her role and the intersection of political affairs and space.

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French Military Space: CSO-1 Reconnaissance Satellite Successfully Launched By Arianespace

An Arianespace medium-lift Soyuz launch vehicle transported the French CSO-1 reconnaissance satellite safely to orbit on 19 December 2018. This marked the third flight of Arianespace’s Soyuz and the launch was performed for France’s CNES (Centre national d'études spatiales) space agency and the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) defence procurement agency, on behalf of the French Ministry of Defence.

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Italy’s E-GEOS Signs Deal With St. Lucia To Provide Geospatial Early Warning System

e-GEOS, the geospatial information company that is a joint venture of Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency, has signed a contract with the Government of St. Lucia in the Caribbean for the provision of COSMO-SkyMed satellite data as part of an Early Warning System to help manage emergencies resulting from severe weather.

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